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Guys and Balls (2004)

Männer wie wir (original title)
After their most recent loss, a soccer team discovers its goalie is gay and casts him out. He retaliates by bringing back an all-gay team for a game to prove who's better.

Director:

Sherry Hormann
3 wins & 3 nominations. See more awards »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Eileen Eilender Eileen Eilender ... Susanne jung 1
Leon Breitenborn Leon Breitenborn ... Ecki jung 1
Dietmar Bär ... Vater
Saskia Vester ... Mutter
Anna Koesling Anna Koesling ... Susanne jung 2
Steven Wellmann Steven Wellmann ... Ecki jung 2
Melody Sitta Melody Sitta ... Cordula jung
Jan Giffel Jan Giffel ... Udo jung
Maximilian Brückner ... Ecki
Willi Thomczyk Willi Thomczyk ... Wirt
Jochen Stern Jochen Stern ... Rentner Rudi
Judith Hoersch ... Cordula (as Judith Delphine Hoersch)
Carlo Ljubek ... Udo
Mirko Lang Mirko Lang ... Tobias
Tobias van Dieken ... Bernhard (as Tobias Vandieken)
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Storyline

Fair-haired Ecki, the baker's son, has grown up the golden boy of his home town. All that changes the instant he and his soccer teammates discover he's gay. Now the object of scorn and ridicule (and finding himself unceremoniously kicked off his team), Ecki travels to the city of Dortmund to recruit an all-gay soccer team to return and prove to his town and his former soccer mates who the best men are. As first-time-out Ecki searches blindly through gay watering holes for players, his parents endure a rash of derisive gay jokes from the townies, leaving Ecki's gruff father to hope for a change in his son's orientation while also considering closing down the family business. Written by statmanjeff

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Taglines:

Jeder gibt sein bestes Stück. (Everyone gives his best part.)

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance | Sport

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for sexual content, nudity and language | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Did You Know?

Goofs

Ecki wears a shirt of the same colour as the rest of the team despite being goalkeeper. Goalkeepers should wear contrasting tops to differentiate themselves from the rest of their teams. See more »

Quotes

Smartass Gay Man: Are you the man who puts it in?
Ecki: No, I'm the guy who keeps it out.
Smartass Gay Man: You ought to change positions.
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Crazy Credits

In the ending credits, each actor's name is placed on the soccer grid where his position was played in the movie. See more »

Connections

References Bend It Like Beckham (2002) See more »

Soundtracks

I Will Survive
Written by Freddie Perren and Dino Fekaris
Performed by Funky Nashville
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Bend over Beckham
2 April 2006 | by fnorfulSee all my reviews

This moves pretty well through the various expected clichés: losing one's group identity while forging a new one, showing the group who kicked you out you're better than them, guys who cheat eventually lose, love conquers all.

Funny, too. All the usual stereotypes are presented, with the over-the-top characters being balanced by the more authentic core characters. Nice symbolic use of gold-toned lighting to highlight original innocence, once lost now returned.

The score is fun and well-paced. The ending is more Indie than expected and thus more satisfying.


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Details

Country:

Germany

Language:

German | English

Release Date:

7 October 2004 (Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

Guys and Balls See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$7,425, 30 April 2006

Gross USA:

$28,324

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,140,909
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital (35mm)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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